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Prominent Hepatologist to Chair Division in Department of Medicine

Andrew Talal

Andrew Talal, MD, MPH

Published July 23, 2012

Internationally renowned hepatologist Andrew H. Talal, MD, MPH, has been named chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

When he joins UB in September, Talal will also serve as professor of medicine.

He comes from Weill Cornell Medical College, where he is an associate professor as well as a physician-scientist in the Center for the Study of Hepatitis C, a consortium between Weill Cornell, Rockefeller University and New York Presbyterian Hospital.

“We anticipate that Dr. Talal’s recruitment will lead to substantial growth in clinical, translational and basic research in the division of gastroenterology, continued excellence in the training program and expansion of clinical programs.”
Charles and Mary Bauer professor and chair of medicine

Expert on Viral Hepatitis in HIV

A board-certified gastroenterologist and hepatologist, Talal is an authority on viral hepatitis in HIV-infected individuals.

His research interests include:

  • the development of biomarkers of the progression and treatment outcomes in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection
  • the evaluation of hepatitis C virus-specific immune responses in injection drug users
  • treatment outcomes in special populations infected with hepatitis C virus (HIV/HCV co-infection, methadone maintenance, patients with bleeding disorders and thalassemia)
  • novel treatments for hepatitis C

Talal currently is conducting research funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control on HCV evaluation and treatment among patients in drug treatment programs, and risk factors for AIDS among IV drug users.

In 2006, he received a Clinton Global Initiatives award from the Clinton Foundation to foster the development of treatment algorithms for hepatitis viruses B and C.

Research Growth Anticipated with Talal’s Appointment

“We anticipate that Dr. Talal’s recruitment will lead to substantial growth in clinical, translational and basic research in the division of gastroenterology, continued excellence in the training program and expansion of clinical programs,” said Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicine.

Talal earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He completed his residency at the University of Iowa and clinical fellowships in gastroenterology at the University of North Carolina, where he also received his MPH.

Prior to joining Weill Cornell’s faculty, Talal was a research associate and clinical scholar at Rockefeller University.